This is a LibriVox recording of Great Expectations, read by Mark F. Smith.
This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith's apprentice and then learns that he has "great expectations" of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. He soon learns to live the profligate life of a gentleman as he gradually sheds his associations with the gentle souls of his past, Joe (the blacksmith) and Biddy (a level-headed young lady). He throws his money at improving the prospects of his roommate and friend Herbert and his heart at an "ice princess" whose heart will never respond. But then an escaped convict from his distant past comes calling, and all Pip's hopes dissolve. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)
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February 23, 2021 Subject:
I thoroughly enjoyed the narration. Smith does a superb job.
September 21, 2016 Subject:
Great book and great reader! Perfectly read. Ten stars!
Update Sept 2016.
I listened again and i loved it even much more. It is one of my all time favorite books and so very wonderfully read by Mr Mark Smith. Bravo! Brilliant reading. I loved every minute of it. Not a single false note. I will be listening to it yet again...
April 14, 2015 Subject:
One of the best
You honestly cannot expect a better quality audiobook. The way the reader changes Pip's voice as he grows older is remarkable.
January 5, 2014 Subject:
A classic and it is very well read by Mark Smith. Thanks!
May 21, 2013 Subject:
love Great Expectations
I am a self employed cleaner who works very strange hours. I listen to a lot of libravox recordings and Great Expectations is one of my favorites. The charactors in this recording come to life and in the lonely wee small hours of mopping and vacuuming help me work happily and productively.
Reviewer:The Rainbow Brony
October 4, 2011 Subject:
Made picturing the story at lot easier than reading
Like most American Teenagers, I can't stand reading a novel for more than 5 minutes without dieing of boredom. However with this recording I found it much easier to understand the story and simply enjoyed it much more than if I had to read it!
P.S. Got an A on my book report :D
September 24, 2011 Subject:
"Great Expectations" even after 30 years
This was my favorite novel in High School, and I haven't read (or listened) to it since. I had great expectations as I started the first chapter, and the reader, Mark F. Smith, certainly didn't disappoint. He uses a very slight accent on his words so that the listener can understand without difficulty. His voice inflections made the characters come to life in my mind.
I'm just glad there wasn't a quiz after each chapter!
September 23, 2010 Subject:
Good book, good recording
The reader gives each character a very distinct, rather exaggerated voice/mannerisms, which might turn off some listeners but which struck me as entirely in keeping with Dickens's broad, funny characterizations. Very good recording quality, mostly very good sound quality.